By DANIEL SUDDEATH
NEW ALBANY —
Due to its increasing popularity, the city agreed Tuesday to shut down a portion of Bank Street on Saturdays for the downtown New Albany Farmers Market.
Develop New Albany operates the market and Susan Kaempfer is the manager. She said about 50 vendors setup booths and sold products during the market’s opening day last Saturday.
“We’ve never opened that strong, so we’re pretty excited,” she said.
The New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety approved closing Bank from Main Street to Market Street from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays while the market is open.
The downtown Farmers Market will run through Oct. 26. Beginning June 19, the market will also be open on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
“JUNETEENTH” PARADE TO BE HELD
Interim New Albany Parks Director Kathy Wilkerson asked and received permission from the board to host a “Juneteenth” celebration at the New Albany Amphitheater.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the festivities will be held 3:30 to 5 p.m. on June 18.
The observance of “Juneteenth” dates back to June 19, 1865, when Texas recognized the end of slavery more than two years after it had been abolished.
Wilkerson said this will be the first year an official celebration has been held locally, though many states and organizations recognize the day nationally.
“We want to be the first in this region, in New Albany, to produce a festival,” she said.
There are parks activities planned throughout June 18, and Wilkerson said the portion at the Riverfront Amphitheater will feature a parade.
For more information, call 812-948-5360.
COLOKIAL HOLDING TENT SALE
The board of works also agreed to close an alley adjacent to Colokial’s 138 E. Spring St. location in order for the business to host a tent sale.
The alley will be closed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 14-15 in order for Colokial to setup tents to sell jewelry, clothing and other merchandise.
For more information, call 812-725-1321.